Bus Tour around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. Located in Southern Vietnam, the city surrounds the Saigon River and covers about 2,061 km².
Prior to Vietnamese settlement in the 17th century, the city was a scarcely populated area that had been part of historic empires of Funan, Chenla, and Cambodia.
With the arrival of Vietnamese, the area became more populated and officials began establishing the city from 1623 to 1698.
After it was ceded by the last Vietnamese dynasty to the French in 1862, the name Saigon was adopted and the city underwent urbanization to become a financial center in the region.
The city was the capital of South Vietnam until the end of the Vietnam War with North Vietnamese victory in 1975.
In 1976, the government of the unified Vietnam renamed Saigon in honor of Hồ Chí Minh, who was Chairman and founder of the Workers’ Party of Vietnam.
The primary economic hub of Vietnam, it is also an emerging international destination, with popular landmarks related to remnants of its history showcased through its architecture.